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A romantic & enchanting musical for those who love to dream

We all know how a glass slipper changed Cinderella's life. One of the most beautiful and beloved fairytales of all time will come to life on stage at Melbourne's Regent Theatre from 20 May 2022, before touring Brisbane and Sydney.

Rehearsals are currently underway at Opera Australia's Sydney headquarters, and the countdown is on to the much anticipated Australian premiere of the Tony® Award-winning Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella.

Cinderella is one of Rodgers & Hammerstein's greatest scores and this production with beautiful orchestrations, magnificent costumes and sets, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love from the classic story, will have audiences clamouring for more.

Expect to see a fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess. It combines the story's classic elements – the glass slippers, pumpkin, a beautiful masked ball and more - along with some surprising twists.

Shubshri Kandiah as Cinderella and Ainsley Melham as Prince Topher
Rehearsals. Shubshri Kandiah as Cinderella and Ainsley Melham as Prince Topher. Photo: David Hooley

A stellar cast has been announced for the production with Shubshri Kandiah stepping into the role of Ella (Cinderella) with Ainsley Melham joining her in the role of Prince Topher. Audiences may remember Shubshri and Ainsley from Disney's Aladdin The Musical - Shubshri made her professional debut in the role of Princess Jasmine in the national tour, and Ainsley starred as Aladdin in both the Australian and Broadway productions. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. A spirited young woman with savvy and soul, she not only fights for her own dreams but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realise his dreams too.

With an extensive list of musical theatre credits including Mamma Mia and Les Miserables (both locally and overseas), Silvie Paladino has been cast as the Fairy Godmother.

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The lead cast for Cinderella - Shubshri Kandiah as Ella, Ainsley Melham as Prince Topher; Silvie Paladino as the Fairy Godmother, Marie; Tina Bursill as Madame, Ella's stepmother; and Todd McKenney as Sebastian, Prince Topher's Lord Chancellor. Photo: Capitol Theatre Twitter

To add to the impressive cast line-up is Todd McKenney who wowed audiences in The Boy From Oz, Shrek, Grease, and The Rocky Horror Show to name a few, will step into the role of Lord Chancellor Sebastian.

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Rehearsals. Cast of Cinderella. Photo: David Hooley

Tina Bursill (TV's Doctor Doctor, Wentworth) is Madame, Ella's stepmother. Matilda Moran (Titanic: the Musical, Les Misérables) and Bianca Bruce (In the Heights, Memphis the Musical) play Ella's stepsisters Gabrielle and Charlotte. Daniel Belle (My Fair Lady, Les Misérables) is Lord Pinkleton, the second-in-command in the Royal household, while Josh Gardiner (Billy Elliot, Rent) is Jean-Michel, the poor revolutionary who is in love with Gabrielle.

It's such an outstanding cast led by Shubshri and Ainsley, who are going to relish bringing this much-loved story to life. Audiences will be enchanted by this glorious and uplifting musical.

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Rodgers & Hammerstein's 1957 Cinderella poster starring Julie Andrews

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's most popular titles, Cinderella was written for television, debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance. More than 100 million viewers saw the broadcast, more people than any other program in the history of television at the time.

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Cinderella 1965 TV poster starring Lesley Ann Warren

Cinderella was re-made for television in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren in the title role, Ginger Rogers and Walter Pidgeon as the King and Queen, and Celeste Holm as the Fairy Godmother.

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1997 TV poster with Brandy and Whitney Houston

A further television remake followed in 1997 with Brandy as Cinderella, Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother, Bernadette Peters as the Stepmother, Whoopi Goldberg as the Queen and Jason Alexander as Lionel.

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2013 Broadway Production of Cinderella Photo: Carol Rosegg

The stage version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella made its long-awaited Broadway debut in January 2013 and ran for two years. Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella is a romantic and exciting experience for anyone who's ever had a dream.

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MELBOURNE - Regent Theatre, Melbourne

From 20 May - Performance Times Wed-Sat 7.30pm,

Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm, Tues 24 May only 7:30pm

Prices: From $69.00 (Transaction fees apply)

Bookings: Ticketmaster or 136 100

BRISBANE - Lyric Theatre, QPAC

From 5 August - Performance Times Tues-Sat 7.30pm,

Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm (varies weekly)

Prices: From $69.00 (Transaction fees apply)

Bookings: or phone 136 246. Groups 10 call (07) 3840 7466

SYDNEY - Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star

From 23 October - Performance Times Tues-Sat 7.30pm,

Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm (Performance times vary)

Prices: From $69.00 (Transaction fees apply)

Bookings: Ticketmaster or 136 100

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Why? If it changed Cinderella's life, it could change yours
When: In Melbourne from 20 May 2022
Where: Regent Theatre Melbourne, Lyric Theatre QPAC Brisbane, Lyric Theatre The Star Sydney
Cost: Varies
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